Crime

Third man jailed for Stratford aggravated burglary where machete was used

High Street, East Ham. Image: Google Street View.

High Street, East Ham. Image: Google Street View.

A 26-year-old East Ham man has become the third man to receive a prison sentence for taking part in a violent aggravated burglary in Stratford where a machete was used.

Dexter Lateef from Ashwell Close, East Ham was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court to five years’ imprisonment on Monday 18th May.

He was convicted of aggravated burglary and possession of an offensive weapon.

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The court heard that Lateef was one of three men  arguing with a 47-year-old man in High Street, East Ham on 21st September 2013.

The victim was chased by the three men to his home address in Stratford, where, armed with a machete and an axe, they tried to force entry.

On Friday, 20th March all three men were found guilty.

Detective Constable Raf Patel, from Newham CID, said:

This was a terrifying ordeal for anyone to encounter in their own home. The sentence imposed sends out a clear message to those who believe it is acceptable to carry and use weapons. If you do, we will find you, arrest you and bring you before the courts.

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